Mercury Movie ReviewApril 15, 2018
Directed by Karthik Subbaraj
Written by Karthik Subbaraj
Starring Prabhu Deva, Sananth Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham, Remya Nambeesan
In the name of seeing everything I can with the movie pass, I checked out a movie called Mercury. They called it a “SILENT FILM” but it certainly wasn’t. By silent, I guess they just meant no dialog.
So all the characters were deaf. They communicated (a lot) via sign language, but it didn’t look like real sign language- sometimes just gestures that they seemed to understand. Problem was, we didn’t know what the shit meant. There weren’t subtitles so we just had to figure it out. This wouldn’t bother me so much if it was just quick obvious gestures, but they communicated with each other for minutes at a time, and we’re just left to kinda roll with it.
Nested in a really lame drama/ghost story is a horror/thriller movie. I won’t bother describing the drama story because frankly it didn’t make a hell of a lot of sense. When the horror part of the movie finally arrives, we discover it is very similar to Don’t Breathe or A Quiet Place. The victims of a blind zombie (or a spirit? who knows.) eventually figured out that you had to be quiet or divert its attention elsewhere to survive.
In the end, the movie’s message is apparently anti-corporate greed. One of the plot’s main devices is that 82 people died from mercury poisoning. Our characters were also poisoned but survived, and they are getting together for an anniversary of sorts. This isn’t all very clear so I could be wrong about some of this crap.
Overall, the movie fell flat. The plot wasn’t very clear and not just because we didn’t know exactly what the characters were communicating to each other, but because it was purposely ambiguous. I wouldn’t rush out to see this or rent it, but if you can catch it for free it could be worth a gander.
2.6 N2M Guys out of 5
-Scott Wojcinski, Not Too Much Podcast (@ScottWojcinski)